One of the greatest parts of becoming an author is getting to know other authors, and helping to promote their books.

Among the authors I am privileged to count among my new friends is Eric Sammons. Eric’s book, Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Mystery in the Gospel of Matthew is a tremendous work. As it happens, I have an extra copy… so why not give it away?

This is Eric’s first book, published by Our Sunday Visitor this year. Since he went down the new author path recently, I was extremely grateful to spend almost an hour on the phone with Eric one day. He encouraged me in so many ways, particularly with regard to blogging. His key piece of advice – don’t get discouraged, and focus on good content!

Since my web site has just been redone, and my old blog site is gone, I wanted to provide some sort of incentive to build subscribers and Facebook followers… so how about this. If you want to enter a drawing for a copy of Eric’s book, either “like” my Facebook author page or follow me on the Networked Blogs app on the blog page at my new site. Right now, it’s just Kathi and me… and we look pretty lonely in that big white box!

My friend Brandon Vogt uses a random number generator to select the winner of his book giveaways, but I’m much more low-tech. In lieu of a nifty device like that, I have a Hannah. She’s four years old, and completely independent. I’ll ask Hannah to pull a name from a hat, and announce the winner early next week. I’ll pay for postage, and send you the book with no strings attached.

While you’re at it, check out my new site (designed by John Flynn, the genius behind Kickstart Media) and let me know what you think!

Update: Congratulations to Jenny Thomas, who will receive a copy of Eric’s terrific book! Hannah selected Jenny with our far-less-technical-than-Brandon methodology. As it happens, Jenny is a member of our local parish, so she’ll get the book shortly. Thanks very much to all, and stay tuned for more giveaways.